Will Hughes: Derby County’s Teenage Sensation

Will Hughes- the white haired 17 year old from Derby who’s taking the Championship by storm. Even though he is so young, this doesn’t stop him gaining first team opportunities – he has made 26 league appearances so far this season alone, scoring on two occasions and making the same amount of assists.

That’s not a surprise though, with his eye for a killer pass, his capability to find space with such ease and his mazy runs through the opposition to create space for his team mates.

Hughes has represented both the England u17 and England u21 squads with 7 appearances in total, scoring 1 goal. England u21 manager Stuart Pearce also had this to say about the teenage sensation:

”Will’s technically a very sound player and he played very well when he came on for his under- 21 debut at Blackpool a couple of weeks ago. He settled in well and was very comfortable on the ball at such a young age. He rarely gave the ball away in training or in the game, which is vitally important at international level.”

With managers like Stuart Pearce giving a player like Hughes such high plaudits it’s no surprise teams like Arsenal, Fulham and Liverpool have been linked with the 17 year old in January. Thus, Derby have reportedly placed a £4m price tag on the midfielder.

In November 2012, the teen sensation picked up the Football League Young Player of the Month award for his displays against Blackpool, Barnsley, Cardiff and Milwall. Hughes also picked up the Derby County Scholar of the Year for 2012.

When typing in ‘Will Hughes’ on Google  the second thing that comes up on the drop down part? Will Hughes Barcelona. If that doesn’t show the midfield magician has got a great future ahead of him, I don’t know what does.

Definitely, a potential world beater in the making. Worth keeping a watchful eye on.

 

Written by Alex Thornley

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